Someone told me that you lose interest in music when you get to 40. Can’t remember who it was, can’t remember why we were talking about it, but, it stayed with me. I love music. And when I heard it I thought: “Not me, grandad, I’ll still be buying CD’s and tapes when I’m 100!”
I was wrong. I haven’t bought music in 10 years – thank you, Mr Internet! And, apologies to all those struggling bands not getting paid any more, I promise I’ll buy a ticket for your live show!
But, as I’m now 41, and officially older than 40, I do try and listen to as much new music as I can to prove that comment wrong. I do sometime wonder why this comment stuck with me and not a useful one like “you’ll lose interest in cases and statutes when you get to 40!” and I would now be working furiously to be a top notch lawyer to prove them wrong. But, hey ho, I got music.
So, in a challenge similar to Iain’s – see his post – I also tried this year to listen to different types of music. I tried jazz, opera, classic, techno and Abba. All the ones I would normally avoid (except country because no one should listen to country, not even for a Christmas timed music blog). And this is what I learned:
I hate jazz.
I hate opera.
I hate any form of metal. Death. Thrash. Doom or -icca.
But… I did discover a love of modern classical, obscure German techno that goes BOOM, BOOM, BOOM and Kylie. (Who doesn’t love Kylie!)
Most of all I learned that music doesn’t have to end at a specific age because hearing new music is easier than it’s ever been. There’s millions of songs just a click away and the challenge now is not just to remain interested but to actually listen to music more than once. As soon I listen to an album, I listen to another then another and then it’s the next week and there’s more albums out and more tracks and I never get back to the songs I liked just seven days ago.
So, this year, when I was thinking of what music I loved, my favourites are those I returned to again and again such as:
Daithi – Have To Go
Calvin Harris should sue for plagiarism.
Sarah Blasko – Heaven Sent
Richard Marx should sue for ‘Hazard’.
Pictures of You – HMLTD
Lady Gaga should sue.
(I’m noticing a theme)
Confide In Me – Kylie (from the Abbey Road Session)
An original. Well, a live version of an original.
Teleman – Cactus
Finally, an actual original. Pity the rest of the album didn’t equal this.
Brockhampton – BOOGIE
And neither did this. But this is P A R T Y with a capital [expletive deleted – parental advisory warning]
The Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word – Larry Levan Mix
Praise the lord, this list is nearly over because we have the two best songs of the year.
Let’s Eat Grandma – Donnie Darko
Ten minutes. Doesn’t get going for two of them but, when it does, does it beat…
Sufjan Stevens – Visions of Gideon
And it does. While Visions of Gideon is pure heart breaking Sufjan Stevens it has the in-built advantage of me loving everything Sufjan has does for the last 10 years. So, in the spirit of new music, this year’s best song is….
Donnie Darko and here’s a video of it live with an awkward Dutch man in the front row wishing that he was anywhere else.